Author Archives: Rafael Martinez-Cortiña

About Rafael Martinez-Cortiña

21st century life explorer in Madrid, a city that makes sense

Welcome to our 13 new (rich) neighbours

The center of Madrid seems to be the place to invest. The hotel world has taken over most of the neighborhood’s buildings and several new hotels will open in the next months. Madrid is being designed as the best product … Continue reading

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Old memories of the old stables

The Marquis del Busto married Maria Teresa de Gabiña in 1865. He was one of Queen Isabella I’s personal doctors. He had his own horse charriots, three, and his own horses, also three. The animals lived in the building, in … Continue reading

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VillaJardines has been a big catalyzer of the sharing economy in Madrid

One of the best secrets of VillaJardines is that since 2012 it has been hosting hundreds of meetings of citizens who promoted the sharing economy from different angles. Members of more than 20 Peer-to-Peer communities dealing with homesharing, carsharing, foodsharing, … Continue reading

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VillaJardines is (y)ours

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Past and present times

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The team behind the clandestine cocktails. Thanks!!

Some of the clandestine cocktails hosted in VillaJardines have been a blast. In the past years, on dozens of occasions, people have gathered in VillaJardines to interact with their peers. Under total discretion, four people quietly made things work… This  … Continue reading

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VillaJardines as (y)our chill out area

My experience hosting through online platforms like Airbnb has allowed me to accumulate a huge amount of knowledge on the possibilities of a demand-driven digital society. And the specific learnings from the homesharing activity never seem to end.

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